California Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Order For 1,700 Residents

The Kincade fire ignited Wednesday night and has already scorched around 10,000 acres.
Posted at 12:27 PM, Oct 24, 2019

Strong winds strengthened the Kincade wildfire overnight in Sonoma County, California. The quick-moving fire prompted a mandatory evacuation order for the community of Geyserville.

Cal Fire reports the Kincade Fire ignited Wednesday night and has scorched more than 10,000 acres. This time-lapse video appears to show the moment the Kincade Fire started. As of Thursday morning, it's 0% contained.

Around 1,700 residents are affected by the evacuation order, with more orders expected to be announced. Some residents drove through thick smoke to evacuate.

A data scientist from San Jose State University Fire Weather Lab captured video of ash falling from the sky like snow.

Fire officials say the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. cut power to more customers Wednesday as a precautionary measure to prevent its equipment from starting any fires. The utility company said this round of shut-offs will affect around 179,000 customers in parts of 17 counties, including Napa and Sonoma.

Another fire broke out early Thursday morning north of San Bernardino. The Old Water Fire has burned 75 acres and is 0% contained. About 80 homes are under an evacuation order.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.